Floods of Louisville Kentucky


FEBRUARY 1832- 41 FEET CREST
FEBRUARY 1884- 46.7 FEET CREST
JANUARY 1937- 57.1 FEET CREST

1937 FLOOD
  • CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL
  • JANUARY RECEIVED 19.17 INCHES OF RAINFALL
  • BETWEEN JANUARY 20 AND 24- 10.31 INCHES FELL
  • SOME PEOPLE EVACUATED AS EARLY AS JANUARY 15
  • MOST SERIOUS TROUBLE BEGAN THURSDAY JANUARY 21
  • FRIDAY JANUARY 22 CITIZENS WERE TOLD TO GO HOME AND STAY THERE
  • SUNDAY JANUARY 24 WATER HAD REACHED DOWNTOWN- 4th AND BROADWAY
  • WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27- BETWEEN 2 AND 3A.M. THE FLOOD WATER CREST AT 57.1 FEET
  • 70% OF THE CITY WAS AFFECTED — 93 SQUARE MILES OF JEFFERSON COUNTY
  • 33,000 HOMES HAD A LEAST THEIR FIRST FLOOR COVERED
  • 175,000 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES
  • 220,000 PEOPLE INOCCUATED FOR TYPHOID
  • $50,000,000 IN DAMAGE IN LOUISVILLE ALONE
  • RED CROSS WAS FEEDING MORE THAN 230,000 CITIZENS
90 DEATHS
  • 6 DROWNINGS
  • 2 ASHYXIATIONS
  • 10 EXPOSURE
  • 1 DYSENTERY
  • 15 BURNS AND EXPLOSIONS
  • 28 PNEUMONIA
  • 28 HEART DISEASE
WHAS
  • 187 CONTINUOUS HOURS
  • PETE BROWNING AND FOSTER BROOKS

THE COURIER-JOURNAL

  • PUBLISHED IN SHELBYVILLE ON JANUARY 25 & 26
  • PRINTED IN LEXINGTON FROM JANUARY 27 UNTIL FEBRUARY 5

SERVICES

  • NO CITY WATER SINCE JANUARY 23
  • NO ELECTRICITY SINCE JANUARY 24
  • NO GAS SINCE JANUARY 26

FEBRUARY 7- RIVER RETURNED TO NORMAL AND CITY SERVICES RESUMED


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